Friday, September 22, 2017

Carnegie Exhibit

Tony Nespolon/ Marion Simpson  

Two local artists share the Carnegie this month. 



Marion Simpson - 'Now and Then'


Personal and Professional Profile of I.A. (Tony) Nespolon

We are pleased to announce that Tony Nespolon is back for his fourth exhibition at the Carnegie Arts and Visitors centre. He is known for his amazing talent of woodcarving which is being displayed here at the Carnegie during the month of September.

Tony was born in Italy and came to Canada with his family at the age of 13. Upon arrival, he was awed by immensity of this land. He attended schools in Windsor, Ontario, where his family had settled. He laboured at various jobs since a young age to supplement family income and for school tuition. He worked for a construction company, a butcher shop, a cabinet-maker’s shop and a furniture factory.

He attended the University of Windsor and graduated with an English major along with minors in fine art and psychology. He then became a high school teacher and the English department head at his beloved Harrow High School. This was where he remained for the rest of his teaching life. He taught mostly senior English, some media studies and art throughout his years of teaching.

 Tony was also very active in extracurricular activities, such as coaching sports, producing plays, leading the photography club and more. He retired from teaching in 1997.
           In his retirement, he found a new career pursuing his two other lifelong passions - drawing editorial cartoons for newspapers, and working with wood. He has received a number of awards in both fields, cartoons and woodcarving. He met with considerable success in OCNA and other cartoon competitions from 2000-2012. He is continually winning awards in woodcarving competitions to this very day. When he is not busy creating new pieces of art, he is otherwise keeping busy with volunteer work. He teaches English to migrant workers, and demonstrates woodcarving at the J. R. Park Homestead. We hope to see Tony again in the future for another exhibition.

I.A. (Tony Nespolon)

108 Queen Street, Kingsville ON


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